Kill threat to Birmingham councillor

The accused, Stuart Collins, made a threat to kill Cllr Salma Yaqoob (pictured)

The accused, Stuart Collins, made a threat to kill Cllr Salma Yaqoob (pictured)

A MAN appeared in court yesterday charged with threatening to kill a Birmingham councillor.

Stuart Collins, 48, of Birmingham, appeared before city magistrates over claims abusive threats were sent to Respect councillor Salma Yaqoob.

She is the councillor for Sparkbrook and her party’s national leader.

A West Midlands Police spokesman confirmed: “Following an investigation, a 48 year-old has been charged with racially aggravated harassment, religiously aggravated harassment and making threats to kill.

“He appeared at Birmingham Magistrates Court and was bailed until August 31.”

Coun Yaqoob chairs the anti-war movement in Birmingham and is an active pro-Palestinian campaigner.

She is an outspoken commentator on Muslim issues, and regularly appears on TV and radio current affairs programmes.

After standing as a Respect candidate in the 2005 election, she was elected in the Sparkbrook ward in the 2006 local elections.

Source article: Kill threat to Birmingham councillor – Tony Larner, Sunday Mercury, 16.08.09

Link: Man appears in court over threats to kill Sparkbrook councillor – Birmingham Mail, 16.08.09

Link: UK: Racist threatens councillor with death – Sameh A. Habeeb, The Palestine Telegraph, 19.08.09

Man appears in court over threats to kill Sparkbrook councillor

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Mary, Lousianna on August 17, 2009 at 14:57

    That’s a terrible things to happen. She’s a very brave woman to carry on despite the threat to her life. We need more like Salma in our political flock, raising our rights like a true British Suffaragette.

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  2. It is people like Salma Yaqoob who make this world a better place. It is unfortunate that every time a hero stands up, be that Bob Marley, Ghandi, Malcolm X, Che… the scum of this world win.

    I pray that Salma is among the heroes of this world who are blessed to continue, like Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, etc. I wouldn’t worry if I were her though, because she has the whole of Birmingham praying for her safety.

    Keep up the amazing excellent work and God bless.

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  3. Posted by Lisa on August 17, 2009 at 23:36

    They should lock that man up and throw away the key!!!

    Reply

  4. Kill threat? shouldn’t it say Death threat?

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